Sebastian Cox, who is based in nearby Woolwich, chose the event to launch his Pendean collection. “Batch produced with simple chamfer details in English ash,
<a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-south-east-makers-club-puts-deptford-map/design_milk_south_east_makers_club_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_South_East_Makers_Club_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: South East Makers Club Puts Deptford on the Map" /></a> Perhaps more than any other part of the London Design Festival, <a href="https://www.southeastmakersclub.co.uk/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">South East Makers Club</a> is what design fairs are all about. Run by a tiny team of just three volunteers and hosted in borrowed space, the venture showcases talent from Deptford – a corner of London many design aficionados might never have ventured to before. “One of the joys of South East Makers Club is meeting the talented designers, makers and businesses that are based here,” says co-founder <a href="https://www.simple-shape.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Helen Osgerby</a>. “There is a genuine shared desire to work together, to collaborate and help one another to realize bold ideas, and perhaps uniquely, to have fun doing it! Everything about the South East Makers Club relies on people being good, kind and generous.”
The square gets its name from a restored granary building at the heart of King’s Cross – now home to world-famous arts college, Central Saint Martins, and the first show was Creative Unions – an exhibition of the work of the University’s recent graduates themed around the idea of design becoming an agent in the dissolution of boundaries. One of the highlights was Cohabits: Furniture Assembly for Two by Erica Jensen – flatpack furniture and assembly instructions designed specifically to suit the characteristics of individual couples interviewed by the designer. Wheels4U by Yaohan
<a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-granary-square-heart-buzzing-design-district/design_milk_granary_square_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Granary_Square_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: Granary Square at the Heart of a Buzzing Design District" /></a> The move of <a href="https://www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/en/home.html" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">designjunction</a> away from Granary Square might have left London’s King Cross bereft during the <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/home" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">London Design Festival</a>, but the relocation of Tom Dixon’s headquarters and flagship store to the Coal Office together with a raft of pop-up shows for the festival has in fact cemented the area as a buzzing design district.
Sitting somewhere on the spectrum from weird to wonderful, the Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum is an exhibition of brushes by the German manufacturer at furniture showroom SCP. Described by the brand as a “curious world where brooms, brushes and combs take centre stage,” the traveling exhibition combines a series of surprisingly varied and niche brushes with curator Michael Marriott’s playful yet considered descriptions which blur
<a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-weird-wonderful-shoreditch-design-triangle/design_milk_shoreditch_design_triangle_20/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Shoreditch_Design_Triangle_20-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: From the Weird to the Wonderful – Shoreditch Design Triangle" /></a> The <a href="https://www.shoreditchdesigntriangle.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shoreditch Design Triangle</a> is a loose association of shops, exhibitions and showrooms, united by little more than geography, but it always serves up something wonderful, and often something pretty weird too. Starting with the latter, London-based Mexican designer <a href="http://www.fernandolaposse.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fernando Laposse</a> transformed the entrance to <a href="https://www.citizenm.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CitizenM’s</a> Shoreditch hotel into Sisal Sanctum – an outdoor seating area protected by pretty gloomy looking “giant guardians” – all entirely made out of sisal, a natural fiber harvested from a species of Agave cactus found in the South of Mexico.
Print and textile designer Diane Bresson was part of the Design Fresh – a selection of new talent partly curated by Barbara Chandler and partly an edit of the graduate show New Designers. Diane’s colorful wallpaper fitted the general vibe of the show perfectly. “I am interested in the relation between craft and technology and in exploring how they can be combined together to create playful and dynamic patterns,” she says. London-based Emma Chesterman (otherwise known as Dead Mary’s) designs “furniture for life” such as In Memory – the chair bench combo above – the chair is angled so the person sitting on
<a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-10-years-va-stories/design_milk_100_design_04-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_100_Design_04-1-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 100% Design – Now in Glorious Technicolor" /></a> It’s amazing what a colorful carpet can do – <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design’s</a> bright approach to its flooring seemed to light up the whole show, with a stronger selection of brands and a better mix of features, showcasing new design talent and innovative ideas, than in recent years.
Another highlight was the Boxy Armchair chair, by Italian brand Fikissimo, designed for outdoor use, made of welded iron mesh and aged concrete armrests. Haidée Drew’s Geo collection of multi-colored acrylic mirrors have multiple hanging points to enable them to be arranged by the end-user in multiple overlapping patterns, thus involving the user in the design process. Haidée graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in silversmithing and metalwork in 2009 and has been running her eponymous brand ever since, working with clients such as Liberty, The Conran Shop and The British Museum. Meanwhile, the Brompton Design District
<a href="http://design-milk.com/ldf16-design-innovation-100-design-brompton-va/design_milk_ldf16_west_01/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/10/Design_Milk_LDF16_West_01-600x600.jpg" alt="LDF16: Design Innovation at 100% Design, Brompton & the V&A" /></a> We started our explorations of the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/london-design-festival/" >London Design Festival</a> in the West of London, taking in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Brompton Design District and 100% Design. Highlights from the latter included an installation (above) by Israeli designer and architect <a href="http://www.ronarad.co.uk/" >Ron Arad</a> for <a href="http://www.lgdisplay.com/eng/main" >LG Display</a> made of OLED light panels.
Blueprint is pleased to be a media partner for the second Global Design Forum, which this year brings together creatives like Peter Saville, Jamie Hayon, Ross Lovegrove, John Hegarty and Michael Young with industry and government figures, for two days of design discussions.
Positioning itself as a more cerebral and enterprise driven part of the London Design Festival, the forum starts on 16 September at the V&A with a conversation with Peter Saville. Day Two at the Southbank Centre has four sessions, which as well as the participants above, include Justine Simons (Acting Deputy Mayor for Culture), Adrian van Hooydonk (Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design), Ben Page (CEO of Ipsos Mori)and others. On the agenda will be creativity and the smart city, brands versus designers and the importance of disruptive and radical ideas to innovation.
Tickets are available from globaldesignforum.com, priced at £395 + VAT – but if you book before end of Friday 16 Aug there’s a £70 discount.